International women's day Press for progress

We're supporting the 2018 international call to press forward and progress gender equality


Striving for gender balance

We’re passionate about achieving a better gender balance in our organisation and in the financial industry as a whole. We want to work together to ensure that we have an industry where women feel included and can contribute their best. 

For us, having a balanced workforce helps us to unlock innovation, make better decisions, manage risk and deliver our business strategy by serving our diverse client base better.

See how we celebrated International Women's Day 2018 below. 

#PressForProgress We asked our staff how they could think, act and be more gender inclusive

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Equality in the workplace Diversity and inclusion is critical to our future success

We're passionate about promoting equality in the workplace and have a number of policies and commitments that support women.  

Female Standard Chartered employee

Women in Finance Charter

We’ve pledged to help make our industry one where women want to work and have committed to have women occupy 30% of the top four levels of our senior roles by 2020, up from 26% today.

Fair policies and processes

We have global flexible working practices and increased benefits for new parents. We also train staff on unconscious bias and have introduced safety initiatives to support staff in countries with a history of heightened violence against women.

Goal session in Jordan

Networks and programme

Our women’s network aims to promote gender equality in the workplace and beyond. We're also passionate about empowering adolescent girls with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to fulfil their potential.

Here's what others are saying


Insights Explore our inclusive world in action

I feel like the skills I offer are taken seriously

Sankareswaran Srinivasan, an analyst in our Chennai office, lost one of his senses when he was just six months old…

Explore our world | 3 Dec 2018

#IDAHOT: Nobody should feel they can’t be themselves at work

Adrian and Raheel met and became friends through our Allies Network, which provides support for all our LGBT+ colleagues

Explore our world | 16 May 2018

#IDAHOT: I want others to feel as included as I do

Our UK LGBT+ & Allies Network co-chair Ben Cawley shares why he believes positive messaging can make a difference

Explore our world | 16 May 2018

The eight elements of girl power

Our new report reveals what it will take to give underprivileged girls a brighter future

Explore our world | 7 Mar 2018

Flexible working… means I can have it all

By working part time, Katie Hasson avoided choosing between being a hands-on mum and having a career

Explore our world | 31 May 2017

Flexible working… helped me get a degree

Cindy Lindquist was struggling to balance a full-time job and college, till she changed the way she worked

Explore our world | 22 May 2017

Embracing and celebrating our diversity

We view diversity, inclusion and respect for all colleagues as critical to our future success

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